Let’s Talk About Sex [After] Baby
After childbirth, sex is usually the last thing on a new mama’s mind. Sleepless nights, endless diaper changes and constant feedings, leave little room for passion.
Yet, weeks or months later, as the parents begin to settle into their new routine with their brand new little human, mom might be ready. Some women may be nervous about sex after having a baby. Here are some tips to make it go smoother.
No matter how childbirth went, C-section, short labor or long labor, the body needs time to heal. For women who underwent C-sections, the scar will still be healing and the stomach muscles will still be sore. For women who had vaginal births, it’s likely that her vagina is still tender and sore. In addition, add in exhaustion, perineal trauma and tender, milk-filled breasts, and it’s not exactly the ideal recipe for sexual activity.
Doctors usually say to avoid any sex until six weeks postpartum. But most women wait longer, according to a study conducted by BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. A total of 65 percent of the 1,507 women included in the publication attempted vaginal sex by the eight-week mark, with that number increasing to 78 percent by 12 weeks and 94 percent by six months postpartum.
Once women have decided that they’re ready to resume sex, it’s important to remember that the first time may be awkward. A decline in estrogen due to childbirth and breastfeeding will cause vaginal dryness. New moms should take it slow, amp up the foreplay and use extra lubrication, if necessary.
Some women experience vaginal loosening because of childbirth. When the vagina and the muscles around it are stretched out, it can make sex less enjoyable. Dr. Ghozland specializes in vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty. To find out more about the right procedure for you, call Dr. Ghozland’s office at 310-299-7143. and schedule a free consultation.